Routed

23 03 2013

I thought about power being wasted recently, and considered that my router is on when I sleep, and I don’t need it when I sleep.

Yes I could just manually switch it off each night, but I’d probably forget, so I went out and bought a digital timer, which will turn it off, while I’m likely to be asleep, and on again the next day when I am.

But I wondered, The timer is using power too so,  am I using more power than I’m saving?

How much power does a router use anyway?

Apart from saving power, turning off the router now and then is quite a good idea.

It’s strange, but a lot of people think they’re not allowed to turn the router off once it has been installed, but there’s a few reasons why it’s not a bad idea.

1. It saves power when it’s not in use, so switch it off at the wall now and then.

2. Nobody can steal your wi-fi when your router is switched off.

3. Sometimes your wi-fi can get a bit flaky, Switching your router off and on will generally reset your wi-fi signal and you’ll get better performance. NOTE: It’s best to turn your wi-fi off on your computer, or re-start your computer after switching your router off and on.

But back to my timer, I suspect that it uses less power than the analog type with the revolving disc which clicks as it operates, this one has an LCD clock in it which was operating while it was in the shop, and I suspect it uses a lot less power than the Router.

So, I’m iffy about it, will I save any power at all? not sure.

Could Routers be built with something to wake them up on detection of a familiar computer? and then go to sleep when all familiar devices are off?

Wolfie!

 





Why I stopped Playing Video Games

5 06 2012

Amstrad 646 User

“Asian Shitkicker” is an awesome new game where two people of asian appearances, fight to the death in a no holds barred game which will set your joystick on fire, the parallax scrolling is smooth and the character sprites handle very nicely. It’s quite a lot of fun when one of their little heads pop off after a good kicking and a spurt of blood shoots out, accompanied by a rather convincing sampled sound. We give it 9/10.

Megadrive Megablaster

“Mega Asian Shitkicker” is an awesome new 16 bit game where two people of asian appearances, fight to the death in a no holds barred game which will set your joypad on fire, the parallax scrolling is smooth and the character sprites handle very nicely. It’s quite a lot of fun when one of their little heads pop off after a good kicking and a spurt of blood shoots out, accompanied by a rather convincing sampled sound. We give it 9/10.

Amiga Sixteen

“Amiga Asian Shitkicker” is an awesome new 16 bit game where two people of asian appearances, fight to the death in a no holds barred game which will set your joypad on fire, the scrolling is smooth, even in HAM mode, and the character sprites handle very nicely. It’s quite a lot of fun when one of their little heads pop off after a good kicking and a spurt of blood shoots out, accompanied by a rather convincing sampled sound. Does take a while to load as it comes on ten floppies. Great soundtrack too. We give it 9/10.

Super Nintendo Wave

“Super Asian Shitkicker” is an awesome new 16 bit game where two people of asian appearances, fight to the death in a no holds barred game which will set your joypad on fire, the mode 7 is smooth and the character sprites handle very nicely. It’s quite a lot of fun when one of their little heads pop off after a good kicking and a spurt of blood shoots out, accompanied by a rather convincing sampled sound. Great soundtrack too We give it 9/10.

Playstation Heroes

“Asian Shitkicker PSX” is an awesome new fighter where two people of asian appearances, fight to the death in a no holds barred game which is sure to set your joypad on fire, the CD loading is smooth and the character sprites handle very nicely. It’s quite a lot of fun when one of their little heads pop off after a good kicking and a spurt of blood shoots out, accompanied by a rather convincing sampled sound. Great orchestral soundtrack too We give it 9/10.

X BoXXer Mag

“Asian Shitkicker 2012” Two people of asian appearances, fight to the death in a no holds barred game which is sure to set your joypad on fire, the loading is fast even on ADSL  and the characters react to your slightest touch. It’s quite a lot of fun when one of their very realistic heads pop off after a good kicking and a spurt of blood shoots out, accompanied by a sound which will turn you green. It was a bit more gory than it is now due to government restrictions, but a mod should be out shortly, Backed up by a great orchestral soundtrack for those who don’t want to hear other players bitching. We give it 9/10.

Holodeck Wonder Mag

“Shitkicker 2045” Two Asian people beat the living shit out of you when you walk out of that pub and take the wrong turn into their turf, so realistic that you’ll need to be hospitalised after playing… If you play badly that is. No Bullshit, Just a gang of thugs and you in a laneway reeking of rotting fish and dog shit. We give it 9/10.

Wolfie!





The TARDIS lamp and hardware box.

26 09 2011

I often get thoughts and don’t write them down or tell anyone, I suppose it’s the same for most of us.

But here’s one that won’t escape and perhaps some Doctor Who fans would like it.

I’m thinking about a mini TARDIS, you all should know what that looks like.

The idea is that it’s supposed to look like a decorative item, and nothing more, however.

One of the panels can be removed, via a trick. See it’s got items inside it which you’ve hidden from thieves, It’s kind of unlikely that someone is going to want to make off with a cumbersome TARDIS.

Once this panel is off, you find that you have access to an area which is only a few centimeters deep, for accessing the lighting, small neon or flouro lights like you might use in a computer case mod, and these shine through the frosted glass panels on the side of the TARDIS.

However, a second panel comes off, there’s a trick to that too, which has shelving for external hard drives.

These hard drives are wired in and are turned on with the lighting, there is also a hidden USB outlet under another hidden panel, so that you can plug your computer in.

There’s another shelf which is big enough to slide a laptop into, it may also contain a charger.

The TARDIS is probably no higher than most Peoples knee, so I’m not suggesting a huge box although I think a Life-Sized model would be extremely cool too.

So about enough room for six external drives (like the WD ones), better if they’re all
the one style, to fit in better… A super quiet fan, and hidden vents… You don’t want to give the game away that this is anything more than a mere lamp.

The doors should not look like doors, and would not open unless someone knew how it was done.

And perhaps the phone box on the outside of the TARDIS could function as a phone charger and would open easily, so that you could grab your phone in a hurry… and nobody would spot you opening secret doors.

And of course you could keep anything else in there too, photos, jewels etc.

Interesting?

Wolfie!





Why computers crash.

10 03 2011

Why Computers Sometimes Crash! by Dr. Seuss.

I have just found out that this poem is under copyright and wish to respect the
writers work, however… Not to let readers down, I have a link to his website
which includes a second poem, which is just as clever.

Thanks to Christine Bayne for the link.

And to Colin Nash for this.

Wolfie!





Furcode

8 03 2011

As you know, if I find a new social network, I leap on it, give it a good try out, and then I report on it.

Last night, purely by accident, as is often the case, I heard about “Pounced” which is a furry social network, so I joined up.

Since I’ve only had it for a few hours, I signed up just before bed, I’m not going to say much about it, but the sign-up process was iffy… I was asked which Country I live in and I selected Australia from the list, Then I went down to States and tried to select an Aussie State, but the list contained nothing but US states, Yes Yes, Australia DOES have States.

But then I saw something that I haven’t seen in years, a place to put your “Furcode”.

Really? Do people still use those?

Furcodes, for the cubs, was a line of weird letters and symbols which would generally go at the bottom of your e-mails… and when decoded, it would reveal a lot of detailed stuff about your various preferences.

I’ve never bothered with one, but a quick googling pointed me to a generator.

Good heavens, the questions were just a tad irrelevant, There was one on Mucks and Muds, which for the kiddies were a bit like Second Life, if Second Life was text-based.

Nothing on the more recent games that furries generally enjoy.

Then there was the reference to Usenet Newsgroups, which were a big deal in the 90’s but not so much anymore, Today we’re more likely to be on Facebook, Twitter, Skype or something similar

Then it asked about computer preferences, which were also Archaic, Amiga anyone?

The concept of a Furcode is redundant, Only the geekiest old grey muzzel would still use one. surely a furry QR-Code, which could be scanned by a smartphone would be more appropriate for today?

And for those wondering which State of Australia I live in, it’s Victoria.

Wolfie!

Make your own furcode here: